Date: April 09, 2018
“Could fear of being accused of inappropriately touching a woman make people more wary of giving a female stranger CPR should she be suffering a medical emergency in public? A recent study shows that may very well be the case, and it could be costing people their lives.
According to researchers from the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania, men suffering from a cardiac event in a public setting are 1.23 times more likely to receive emergency CPR from a bystander than women. Consequently, men are also are more likely to survive because of a stranger’s willingness to administer aid.
The authors believe that more people may feel simply less comfortable performing chest compressions on a strange woman because it would of course require them to come in contact with her breasts.
Using data from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of regional clinical centers in the United States and Canada studying out-of-hospital treatments of cardiac arrest and trauma, researchers analyzed 19,331 cardiac events in the home and in public.
• Overall, bystanders administered CPR in 37 percent of cardiac events in varied locations.
• 35 percent of women and 36 percent of men received CPR in the home, showing no significant difference in the likelihood of one gender getting assistance over the other in this setting.
• In public settings, 45 percent of men got assistance compared to 39 percent of women.
• Men were 1.23 times more likely to receive bystander CPR in public settings, and they had 23 percent increased odds of survival compared to women. “
People are dying in so many ways [not just this kind of stressfull, incredibly unsexy setting]…because we are affraid to touch each other…
We live in a world…where it is believable…that somebody might sue you…over having sincerely tried to save their life.